Descend into history, 75 feet underground.
Our blast doors are open! We look forward to welcoming you underground.
Wednesday – Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
*For the best experience, we suggest at least one hour to explore the Diefenbunker. The admissions desk closes 30 minutes before the museum closes. Tickets cannot be purchased after this time.
*We highly recommend buying your tickets online in advance of your visit to the museum to ensure there are still spots available.
See all holiday hours & special closures.
We strongly recommend wearing a mask while visiting the site. Read more about how we’re keeping you safe.
CURRENT PROGRAMS & EVENTS
Doors Open Ottawa – SOLD OUT
Saturday, June 3 in celebration of Ottawa’s built heritage.
Canada and the Cold War
New permanent exhibition taking you on a journey through Canada’s Cold War story. Learn more.
An Inuit Story: The DEW Line
New permanent exhibition exposing the impacts of the DEW Line on Inuit communities. Learn more.
Virtual & On-Site Educational Programs | Ongoing
Now accepting 2023 bookings. Experience Canadian history from an immersive perspective unlike any other. Learn more.
ENJOY OUR FREE AUDIO GUIDE
Our informative Audio Guide gives the history of the Diefenbunker through stories, photos, videos, and archival materials. Available in nine languages.
You can view the Diefenbunker from any device, and even with VR goggles if you have them! Click on the images below to open the tour.
Machine Room – Self-guided
Machine Room – Narrated
About Canada’s Cold War Museum
The Diefenbunker is a massive four-storey underground bunker, built between 1959 and 1961. During the Cold War, top officials were to take shelter here in the event of a nuclear war. It was active as Canadian Forces Station Carp until 1994.
Today, it operates as a not-for-profit, charitable museum with award-winning tours and programs.
Let’s learn more about the Diefenbunker from home with our collection of online activities and resources. You can explore:
If you have questions, let’s connect on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. We will happily answer any of your questions.
About the Cold War
The Cold War is the period between the end of the Second World War in 1945 and ends with the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, followed by the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. It was a period of tense conflict between the United States and the Soviet Union and each country’s respective allies.
Learn more in this 2-minute video from Historica Canada explaining the Cold War and Canada’s role.
Ways to Support
During the unprecedented times, we’ve had many people ask to help. Thank you.
As a private, non-profit museum, we depend on visitors for 75% of our operating revenue. We need your support now more than ever. There are many easy ways that you can best support us so we can continue to inform and inspire you through lessons learned from the Cold War.
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